Tickets for the 42nd Season of Upper Darby Summer Stage go on sale May 22. Shows begin on July 5

Tickets go on sale on May 22 for the forty-second season of Upper Darby Summer Stage, and on July 5 the lights go up on the first of the season’s seven musical theater productions.

The Mainstage production is the highlight of the season as young adult participants, Summer Stage staff and alumni perform in the Philadelphia regional premiere of the new musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The epic musical is based on the classic Victor Hugo novel and the Walt Disney Animation Studio film of the same name.

The family series of summer performances includes seven high-caliber musicals presented in six weeks, showcasing the talents of young performers from throughout the Delaware Valley.

Performances begin on July 5 and end on August 11. The shows take place at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Tickets for the season go on sale to the public on May 23rd and audiences may visit or call the box office at 610.822.1189 to purchase tickets.

The Mainstage production – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Victor Hugo’s epic tale of hope, love and passion – soars to life in the emotionally charged retelling of the celebrated classic. The season’s Mainstage show is the pinnacle of the Summer Stage season and will be an epic, full-scale production with full orchestra and on-stage adult choir. It will offer top-production value that will appeal to everyone who loves musical theater. The cast includes young people up to the age of 28 years old. Performances are July 28, 29, August 4, 5 at 7:30 pm, with matinees on July 29 and August 5 at 1:30 pm.

In addition to the Mainstage production, Upper Darby Summer Stage presents six, one-hour long children’s theater musicals including “Annie, Jr.,” “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure, Jr.,” “Shrek, Jr.,” “How I Became a Pirate,” “Curious George, The Golden Meatball,” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” All Children’s Theater shows are perfect for children age four and up and are approximately sixty minutes long. Performances begin on July 5 until August 11 with performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am and on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.

Since 1976 Upper Darby Summer Stage has set a very high standard for live musicals performed by young people. With an artistic vision that includes creating the best possible performances for family audiences, the young people in the program are empowered by the creativity and commitment of the professional staff. 

Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of the most successful youth theater programs in the country as over 700 young people from the Philadelphia region participate in the program. They perform for over 32,000 ticket-holders who enjoy the shows from throughout the metro area.

In the short span of six weeks Summer Stage presents 34 performances including the Children’s Theater and Mainstage performances, one-act performances, a Dance Troupe performance and a Cabaret production. Summer Stage’s staff of over 100 professional directors, choreographers, costumers, and technicians is committed to providing excellent musical theater training and high-quality performances for families throughout the region.

Summer Stage and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center has been recognized three consecutive years as the “The Best Children’s Theater” by Main Line Parent Magazine. HulaFrog recently recognized Upper Darby Performing Arts Center was as the “Most Loved Place to Go” within the Philadelphia region. Founder and Executive Director, Harry Dietzler received the Barrymore Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and in June 2016, Mr. Dietzler received an Honorable Mention in the Tony Award’s Excellence in Theater Education Awards, the only theater teacher in the state of Pennsylvania to be recognized out of a field of over 3,000 applicants.

Kander and Ebb’s ‘Cabaret’ has June run at Spotlight Theatre

Next for Spotlight Theatre is the musical “Cabaret”by John Kander and Fred Ebb, directed by Emily Fishman.

Cabaret takes place in a time when Berlin, in the midst of a Post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies.  Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”

Performances are June, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18*, 23, 24, 2017. Evenings at 8 PM – Tickets $20, *Matinee at 2 PM – Tickets $15.

Spotlight Theatre is at 29 Park Ave Swarthmore, PA 19081


Forge Theatre presents ‘Man of La Mancha’

Man of La Mancha" has a June 2-25 run at Forge Theatre.

Man of La Mancha” has a June 2-25 run at Forge Theatre.

Man of La Mancha has become one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. It was written in 1964 with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, it tells the story of the “mad” knight Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. The musical doesn’t try to be a faithful rendition of either Cervantes’ life or of Don Quixote. The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The principal song, “The Impossible Dream”, became a standard.

Cast members include Carey Rumpf as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Brian Schwartz as Sancho Panza and Nicole Napolitano as Aldonza. The production also features Phoenixville’s own belly dancing troupe.

Forge Theatre performances are June 2-3-9-10-11-16-17-23-24-25. Sunday performances are at 2:00; all others are at 8:00. Tickets are available through the web site, We are a small house and musicals sell out quickly.
Forge Theatre of Phoenixville, PA was recently named as “Best Theatre in the Western Burbs” according to Main Line Today.
Please help Forge Theatre be agood neighbor by parking on Washington and Main, NOT on First Avenue.

Spaces are now on sale for July 8 Flea Market

Spaces are now available for Parastudy’s Annual Flea Market, which will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 9 AM – 3 PM (Raindate, Sunday, July 9) on the grounds of Parastudy’s Victorian Mansion, 354 Valleybrook Road, Chester Heights, PA.
FREE PARKING at Wilson Auction (next door to Parastudy)

There will be a “Snack Bar” with homemade baked goods, hot dogs and beverages open from 10 am – 3 pm. All proceeds to benefit Parastudy (a non-profit organization).

  • Psychic Readings will be available on first come, first serve basis.
  • Energy Healing Sessions will also be available.
  • Lots of booths with a variety of treasures to find…come out and visit! Open an Akoya oyster and find a PEARL…great activity for the kids.
  • Check out our raffle and participate in our Flea Market 50/50 (have something to donate for our raffle? Please let us know Would you like to sell at this year’s Flea Market? 
    Spaces available:
    Early Bird Registration by Friday, June 9, 2017
    • Spaces (10’ x 10’) – $20.00 
    • Spaces with VEHICLE (15’ x 20’) – $30.00Prices increase on June 10, 2017 to:
    • Spaces (10’ x 10’) – $25.00 
    • Spaces with VEHICLE (15’ x 20’) – $35.00

    ** NO Electricity Available at Spaces**
    Sellers are responsible for bringing your own TABLES, TENT, and CHAIRS.

    Set-Up time 7am – 8:30 AM for sellers

    If interested in renting a space, call Robert at (610)203-0021 or vist